Fratres (Brothers) is a composition by the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt exemplifying his A Remixed version for Violin and Piano by Beats Antique of Oakland. Story time just got better with Prime Book Box, a subscription that delivers hand- picked children’s books every 1, 2, or 3 months — at 40% off List Price. Sheet Music – £ – Arvo Pärt’s Fratres for violin and piano. Degree of difficulty : 4.

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Arvo Pärt: Fratres

Fratres was initially composed as three-part music without fixed instrumentation that can be performed with various instruments. This is possible using the basic principle of the tintinnabuli technique, where the musical material does not necessarily have to be tied to the timbre of a specific instrument.


Structurally, Fratres consists of a set of variations separated by recurring percussion motifs in the case of instrument settings without percussion, the drum-like oiano is imitated.

Throughout the composition we can hear a recurrent theme that starts each time in a different octave. We can clearly recognise three voices: These are accompanied throughout the entire composition by a resounding low drone of fifth.

Fratres also exists as three-part music with added variations fratges the solo instrument.

The first among these was written for violin and piano voolin was commissioned by the Salzburger Festspiele festival. It was premiered in at the festival, performed by Gidon and Elena Kremer.

Fratres – Wikipedia

The technically demanding part of the solo instrument was added to the recurring three-part theme avo a new layer, placing even more emphasis on the contrast between the changing and constant elements.

That version too can be performed by various instrument combinations, such as a saxophone quartet or four percussionists among many others.


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Arvo Part – Fratres – violin & piano

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Gidon Kremer violinKeith Jarrett piano. Commissioned by Salzburger Festspiele Genres Instrumental chamber music: Share Facebook Twitter Share.